new trends in spam

So, I haven’t written in a while. Sorry folks. I had some thoughts  to share about my daughter’s just-past first birthday, so I came here ready to post.

First, I stopped in the comments folder. Mostly it is spam, but I live for the responses from real reader. In the spam file, the first comment I found was this one, from a Carol Miller:

Please don’t take this the wrong way. I think your overall ideas are fine but you might want to put a little more thought into your next posts. I say this becuase it seems like your writing style has gone downhill a bit as opposed to your previous posts. – C.

Really, Carol? I wonder what she means. This comment is in response to this post. You don’t need to follow the link. It’s a video of Veronica scooting.

On further examination, Carol’s comment included a website link.

So, the spammer are now using insults to capture our attention. Perhaps we are low-self-esteem, needy webbloggers and will respond more readily to criticism.

Here’s another spam-sult:

Really? Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying, I’m in agreement with you partially, but when you say something like this you actually have to be prepared to back it up.

Not all spammers are following this new trend. Here is an old-style compliment-spam from Walter T., purveyer of gardening tools:

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I am tempted to buy some of his tools, just because the man knows how to construct some flattery.